Grammy week got off to an amazing start last night. In the heart of the USC campus and it's beautiful Grand Ballroom, an intimate crowd of about hundred people got treated a nice dinner and a live performance by Grammy nominated singer Sara Bareilles. The stage had an enlarged version of a Grammy award on it and being the corn ball that I am I couldn't resist posing with it in the silliest way possible.
Before Sara hit the stage, her and I talked about what the event was all about. The Grammy Foundation wanted to put on a celebration of music and education so all the money from the ticket sales of the evening went towards their program Grammy in the Schools. Sara was so enthusiastic about how important it is for kids to realize that if music is their passion they should be able to make it their career. Her openers were a testament to what can happen when that interest is developed.
The music throughout the dinner was provided by the Irvine High School String Quartet who were the Grammy Signature Schools Recipients from 2007. Then the Grammy Camp Alumni Band and Grammy Jazz Ensembles kept the vibe right. Really amazing musicianship was on display. If you just listen to pop radio it's easy to forget about how amazing music can be even without Justin Timberlake on the chorus. When Sara finally hit the stage it got even better though. Although she only performed 3 songs, they were quality. Of course her set included the song she's nominated for this year in the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance category. She's up against Beyonce, 9-time grammy winner Norah Jones, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry so she's kind of the underdog. Whether she wins or not, it was good to see Sara using her voice to inspire the next generation of Grammy winners last night.
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